Thursday, April 19, 2012

When priorities collide

I was eating lunch in my office when a colleague came up and said, "I know your eating lunch right now, but can I ask you a couple of questions?"

I said I would come by and see her when I was done. She pressed that it wouldn't take long and started to launch into her questions. I cut her off, and said, "No seriously. When I'm done."

Me. Food. Do not get in between.

She stood there with a blank look on her face for a few seconds, turned, and left.

To many of you (including this colleague), I was being completely inflexible and unreasonable. After all, I was still at my work area. And really - business should come first. Right?

Would it be acceptable to interrupt if I was on the phone? Or if I was talking to someone else? Or if I was mesmerized by a spreadsheet...No. In all of those instances, people would accept that I was busy and wait.

But for some reason, taking a few minutes to refuel and digest, well that's just selfish of me.

You know what else is selfish - assuming that your priorities are more important than mine.

Let me eat in peace and no one gets hurt.